Saturday, January 24, 2009

FIRE AND ICE AND DEEP WATER


Ever since the lake first tentatively froze and strong winds piled up slabs and ridges of ice, I’ve been fascinated by one particular monolith, closer to shore, that’s been pushed almost completely vertical. First it was a milky opaque, and then more recently it’s settled a bit, and turned diamond-clear. In this photo, you can see it harboring the cold fire of the setting sun (click to enlarge). It reminded me of one of Robert Frost’s most quoted poems, Fire and Ice. I think it’s especially timely the way things are going in the world. We’re seen a lot of terrible fires in North America, and other parts of the globe (Greece, for one). And strange as it may sound, I’ve read that global warming could actually trigger ice age conditions in the UK and western Europe. That may be, but I don’t think we can rule out some version of Kevin Costner’s Waterworld just yet, either. Like many of you, I have great hope in the new U.S. administration and the return of science, and a call to serious, meaningful action. Here’s a really entertaining and informative intro video to a whole series of videos on YouTube that’s aimed at to all of us who worry about global warming, but especially those who don’t.



Link to INDEX video


Video by YT member wonderingmind42

14 comments:

SandyCarlson said...

Indeed, Deb! Frost's poem for me always raises the "Who is right, and does it matter?" set of questions. What does "right" get us? We need to open our hearts to the natural world.

Sylvia K said...

Love Robert Frost! And I love your post and photo! The colors are magnificent. I do hope our new beginning doesn't get bogged down in the next few weeks. Can we continue our love affair with Obama, will we expect too much, too soon? Questions, questions, that I don't have answers for, but for now I'm just enjoying the difference! Stay warm and have a lovely weekend!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Fire and Ice it is, Deb... Great picture to show both!!! I also like Robert Frost!

Don't believe in Global Warming though. I wouldn't trust a word that ever came out of Al Gore's mouth (and remember, he's from TENNESSEE)... ha ha
Hugs,
Betsy

hitch writer said...

kjI love that photo... looks divine !

Squirrel said...

that is an interesting ice ridge... how long have you been studying the lake in winter? I never get tired of studying nature (weather, insects, the whole lot--) Yes, I'm glad we have an intelligent president, one who tells us that a long hard road is ahead, a realist who respects science.

I saw a large rock of dirty snow-ice (completely out of place on a dry street sitting next to a a parked car as if it had been a passenger just dropped off.) I stopped and stared at it, or regarded it, wondering what it's life story was. The odd thing about it was it's solidness, like a block of ice was inside. An oddity sitting in the sun on a 45 degree F afternoon.

Squirrel said...

--and it was nearly the size of an average dishwasher-- a boulder. how did it get there? No snowmen were in the area that week. a mystery.

Squirrel said...

just noticed I should have been typing its instead of it's . how annoying --I am suffering from a head cold f u z z y .

Kallen305 said...

The photo is absolutely stunning. The colors are breath taking.

Robert V. Sobczak said...

Robert Frost's most misquoted poem is the "road not taken." Everyone always uses it to imply they made the right choice at the fork in the road, but Frost's poem presents a much less certain view.

me ann my camera said...

Your mention of Frost's, 'Fire and Ice', made me smile for it brought a memory of walking through a Pine grove with friends, and they reciting Frost at the top of their voices. Both were from the era of memorization and recitation, some might say the 'good old days'; for today's days are fraught with worry and concern over the future for the planet. When grocery shopping yesterday we had changed cars and were full of guilt when we discovered we did not have our own shopping bags with us. We then realized that we have truly developed some good 'green' habits.

Shellmo said...

Robert Frost is also one of my favorites. I hope we take better care of our plant with this new administration.

Poetikat said...

I should be held captive at the doorways or windows of your home continuously if I had such a view.
I had not read that Frost poem for a very long time. It is so appropriate.

Thanks, Deb!

Kat

Avid Reader said...

I must do a post on Frost. Thank you (again) for the inspiration.

mom/caryn said...

Robert Frost the man????
Robert Frost the poetry? Always something to t]ponder. Always something to lift and always something to question. One of the greats!!!

I thrououghly enjoyed the video. It made many good points. In spite of the fact that he says that other troubles seem pointless to worry about if we don't lick global warming, I can apply it's principles to the war and other concerns.

Well rounded post. So much to savor.